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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Hobby Promises

Still packaging and getting out packages from my contest, hope everyone enjoyed it!

I have been thinking about this post for  a few days and finally got around to blogging again.  I find myself often making myself hobby promises.  They are usually consistent with:  I will do this from now on or I won't do this anymore.  I also often find myself breaking these promises. 

I have pledged many times to stay away from the retail trap but I never seem to stick with it long.

I also tell myself over and over again that I'm not going to hoard junk that doesn't fit into my PC's and I also usually break that one too. 

I"m curious am I the only one that falls into these traps?  I would really like to box everything up that doesn't appeal to me and send it to a more deserving party but unfortunately the USPS doesn't accept good intentions.

I have two LCS within driving distance but they don't update often and I'm not into buying the hot new thing and prospecting.  That's why I often end up in Target buying junk I don't need. These moments of buyers remorse often leave me feeling sour about my hobby. 

Resolutions for the rest of the year:

Spend more money on shipping cards than buying cards
Only buy cards that appeal to my PC
Trade more buy less

Where is Stuart Smalley when I need him???


  1. Wait, we can make resolutions in the middle of the year? I thought that was a January 1st thing.

    Nope, you're not the only one... I have the best intentions all the time, but I always seem to find a way to sneak back to Target and buy more "junk" that doesn't really fit into my collection. I tell myself I'm stocking my trade bait, but deep down I really know that I have a problem.

  2. I learned to just skip that aisle, otherwise I buy the retail junk. I am not purchasing anything until my case of Chrome comes at the end of the month and that will keep me busy for a long while!

  3. You're good enough, you're smart enough, and doggone it, people like you!

  4. I haven't purchased any cards since August 9 (yup, I know the date). But it's a budget issue, not a philosophical issue.

    I like buying random cards. It's fun and it's good for trade bait. Keeping it in check is the tricky part.

  5. I avoid retail as much as possible... heck I avoid my LCS as much as possible. But every now and then, I get vulnerable and buy crap I don't need. The story of my life.

  6. I fail to stick to my plans all the time. It is a constant fight not to throw out a minimum bid on something on eBay that I don't really need, but can't bear to see go unsold for $0.99 + s&h. Surely I could do SOMETHING with it. But that something ends up being: just pile it up in a corner. Maybe I'm only out $3 now, but it's going to take me forever to figure out how to unload it, and the chances of finding that one person who needs it is practically non-existent.

    Thankfully I've stopped buying boxes and packs. But even buying for my PC, I end up buying sets or lots to snag a single card, so now I'm stuck with 40 cards I don't need for every card I actually want. My biggest problem is that I'm just too lazy to find the people who need the junk I have, yet also have something I need for trades. Maybe I should just start trading based on reducing my inventory. Always send out more cards in a trade than I take in. Good luck with that.